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AICTE's online approval process stayed

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Technical institutions had been asked to apply online for registration

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court has stayed the implementation of the online approval process introduced by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for technical institutions for the academic year 2011-12.

Justice S. Abdul Nazeer passed an interim order on a petition filed by the Karnataka Private Polytechnics Association questioning the introduction of the online approval system, withdrawal of powers of the State Governments to grant approval to polytechnic colleges and engineering diploma courses they offer.

The petitioners pointed out that the AICTE had hiked the registration fee. For various categories of approval, the fee had been hiked from Rs. 25,000 to an amount anywhere between Rs. 1 to 1.5 lakh.

The association has stated in the petition that the AICTE had issued a notice on December 24, 2010 informing technical institutions that e-governance system has been made mandatory from the academic year 2011-12. So for all approvals, colleges are required to send online application form.

According to the association, the AICTE had suddenly withdrawn the State Government's authority to process applications submitted for registration and extension of registration of technical institutions that offer diploma courses.

According to the new system, polytechnic colleges are required to send online applications to the AICTE for new registration or for extension of the registration if it is a registered technical institute. Besides registration, all other processes are also to be done online, be it seeking permission to increase or reduce the intake of students for each course, closure of courses, or introduction of new courses, or even setting up a new campus.

The association pointed out that a majority of technical institutions have already submitted their application to the State Government through the Department of Technical Education for extension of the registration for 2011-12 along with the requisite fee of Rs. 25,000. The association added that it was not possible for them to embrace the new online system to seek approval for 2011-12 as many technical institutions did not have the facility to apply online.

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